Fostering with Sweet Paws Rescue

As a shelterless rescue organization, Sweet Paws relies on a network of “foster parents” to provide short and long-term care for dogs in their homes. By offering your time, love, and attention, you prepare your foster dog or puppy for adoption into a permanent, loving home! To fill out a Foster Application now, click HERE.

Common Reasons Dogs & Puppies are in Need of Foster Care:

  • Most often, they are “new arrivals” from our rescue team in Alabama.
  • They are too young or underweight to be placed up for adoption.
  • They need time to heal from an injury or illness.
  • A female dog and her nursing pups may need a quiet home environment where they can feel safe and receive proper socialization.
  • They may need additional socialization or may need medication for a period of time before being placed up for adoption.

Expected Duties as a Foster Parent:

  • Provide daily care and feeding (food is provided by Sweet Paws Rescue)
  • Socializing your dog/puppy and giving him plenty of TLC!
  • Provide transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Attending adoption events (when possible)
  • Attending training classes (when necessary)
  • Being committed! These puppies/dogs will rely on you while in your care until they are ready to be placed for adoption. You could have a foster for a few weeks or several months.
  • Our fosters are the key to our success, so we make every effort to be available for questions or tips!

Rewards and Challenges of Fostering:

Fostering is not always an easy job; it can be challenging and exhausting. It can also be painful to say goodbye to a foster dog when he or she is ready for adoption. However; fostering can be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing a true dog lover will ever do to support our canine guests! Ultimately you can reassure yourself by knowing that the dog is going to a good home, and that you were an integral part of making that happen. Essentially, you saved a dog’s life!

Qualifications for Fostering:

In order to ensure that your foster dog receives the care he or she needs, Sweet Paws asks that you meet the following criteria:

  • Foster parents must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a basic knowledge of canine care and behavior
  • Have a safe, secure space inside your home to house the foster dog/puppy.
  • Have a flexible schedule to allow for veterinary exams and vaccinations, as well as any emergencies that may occur.
  • Transportation for your foster dog to meet potential adopters on a scheduled basis.
  • Commitment to time and effort in socializing, training and exercising your foster dog as well as providing ongoing input to the SPR team on any behavior changes.

To fill out a Foster Application click HERE